Writing Family Centered Services & Goals of Child Welfare Services Discussion

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This week’s Discussion:

Briefly describe the history of family-centered services and the goals of child welfare services. Share something about the history of family-centered services that stood out to you.

Respond to one colleague in one of the following ways: share an insight from having read your colleague's posting, validate an idea with your own experience, or expand on your colleague's posting..

(Note: You do not need to respond to the discussion questions, it is included for your reference so you are aware of what questions the students are replying to) I posted my colleague’s response to the discussion question above, please respond to her post. You may begin the response with Hi Audrey) (I need at least a half page response) Please include references and provide the url link to all journal articles you use as references. Use current (meaning within the past 2 years) scholarly journal articles as references. Please use APA 6th edition format. Thanks)

Audrey's Post:

More than four decades ago, the concept of family-centered services was introduced to the public; emphasizing the importance of family regarding the well-being of children. Family-centered services allow families to work with providers in making an informed decision regarding the services of their children. This approach is essential as the family is more knowledgeable about the child’s needs and abilities and will be able to identify a service that is befitting for the child (Bamm & Rosenbaum, 2018). According to the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, “Family-Centered Services are based upon the belief that the best place for children to grow up is in a family and the most effective way to ensure children's safety, permanency, and well-being is to provide services that engage, involve, strengthen, and support families (2020). What stood out to me about the history of family-centered services are the components that make the services effective; other than family engagement, other components include "community-based services for those who may be at risk of experiencing more serious problems, intensive and focused in-home services directed at preventing family disruption, family involvement and guidance when a period of out-of-home placement is necessary, and strong family support following adoption in order to prevent subsequent disruptions and further trauma" (National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, 2020).

Each year, millions of children are removed from their families for various reasons such as abuse, neglect, parental drug abuse, etc., and the primary goal of child welfare services is the safety of children. While child welfare services are primarily focused on protecting the children from harm, an essential focus is preserving existing family units, whether immediate, extended, or adoptive families (Pecora et al., 2009). I find the number of children that are removed from their families to be staggering, but what I have realized is that there are broader issues that should be addressed, which will impact/help in reducing the number of children being removed. For example, research have shown that people who are victims of abuse are more likely to become abusers if they do not get help; parents battling addiction are incapable of providing proper care to the children, thus leading to abuse or neglect. My point is, while the primary goal should always be the safety of children, we must address the causes that are leading to children being removed, so that a solution is established to help prevent and reduce the number of children being removed from families.

Bamm, E.L. & Rosenbaum, P. (2008). Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Family-Centered Theory: Origins, Development, Barriers, and Supports to Implementation in Rehabilitation Medicine, 89(8), doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2007.12.034 (Links to an external site.)

National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. (2020). What is family centered practice? Retrieved from https://clas.uiowa.edu/nrcfcp/what-family-centered-practice (Links to an external site.)

Pecora, P. J., Whittaker, J. K., Maluccio, A. N., Barth, R. P., & Depanfilis, D. (with R. Plotnick). (2009). The child welfare challenge: Policy, practice, and research (3rd ed.). Piscataway, NJ: Aldine-Transaction. In J.M. Jenson, & M.W. Fraser (Eds.), Social policy for children and families: A risk and resilience perspective (3rd ed, pp. 98-178). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

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The family-centered insight started a long time ago and has helped many people connect
well in a family setup. As Audrey said, it allows families and providers to work together to
enhance decision making. It is based on the idea that family setting provides the best
environment for children to grow....

Just what I needed…Fantastic!


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